5 Essex Court

Healthcare

Our barristers, at every level, have worked either for or alongside healthcare bodies for many years. We have represented the NHS, GPs, private healthcare companies and the healthcare regulators in the full range of legal services they might require. These services include:

  • Inquests
  • Public inquiries
  • Information Law
  • Employment Law
  • Human Rights
  • Public Law and Judicial Reviews
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Regulatory
  • Mental Health Advisory

In terms of clients and markets, our barristers have:

  • acted in clinical negligence cases, both for and against the NHS;
  • helped NHS Trusts to manage their doctors in difficulty;
  • advised NMC panels in relation to fitness to practice hearings;
  • provided information law advice and support in managing Subject Access Requests for NHS bodies;
  • advised GPs in relation to partnership disputes and helped to write partnership agreements for GP practices;
  • represented the interests of NHS bodies at inquests;
  • represented the interests of private healthcare companies at inquests and in relation to the subsequent litigation;
  • represented NHS Trusts in defending claims for discrimination and unfair dismissal in the employment tribunal;
  • acted for the prison service in relation to matters arising from healthcare incidents;
  • represented the MOD in defending clinical negligence claims following injuries to officers in service;
  • represented a range of health bodies in Judicial Reviews;
  • worked alongside ambulance trusts in relation to inquests arising out of major incidents, such as the Hillsborough disaster, the Grenfell Fire, the London Underground bombings and the recent Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks.

Our long history of representing public bodies means that we are used to advising in the context of public law, limited budgets and regulation. We understand the reputational issues that affect all public bodies and are used to providing advice in this context, always designed  to protect the organisation and avoid unwarranted publicity wherever possible.

Indeed, Chambers has established a strong reputation in the public sector for its joined-up approach to handling serious incidents. Our barristers are routinely asked to advise at a very early stage and to provide input around potential wider regulatory concerns, related employment implications, any safeguarding issues, preservation of evidence, management of witnesses, disclosure and Subject Access Requests and potential reputational damage. We will steer you in the right direction and are able represent all your legal interests where appropriate.